Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : June 23, 2008
Mike Cline has done an excellent job handling some of the editing load at Jesus Manifesto. During an important time of my life (the birth of my son), he helped keep JM afloat as I figured out how to live into fatherhood. He has helped build Jesus Manifesto readership with solid editing skills and quality articles. And while he’ll continue to help out from time to time, an increasing amount of responsibility from school and work (not to mention his commitment to his wife, family, and friends) has brought him to a place where he needs to step back from being a co-editor at JM.
Thank you Mike. You’ve been amazing. We couldn’t have come this far without you.
Mike is leaving behind some big shoes. For the next couple of weeks, we’ll be entertaining applications for a new co-editor to help with the load–particularly with doxis and praxis submissions. We are, however, open to other arrangements if you have a creative idea.
Here’s the basic info on what we’re looking for:
- Some familiarity with Wordpress…or at least a solid enough background in other blogging tools to assure that you can learn Wordpress.
- You need to embrace the sort of neo-Anabaptistic, anti-imperial, kingdom-focused, spirit-driven, least-of-these-loving, broad-focused vibe that readers of JM have come to expect.
- A co-editor needs to be, at some level, a practitioner. The thrust of Jesus Manifesto is praxis. It is always a struggle to keep things from getting too abstract. The more intelligent-yet-down-to-earth, the better.
- An editor should be a creative, integrated thinker. We are always trying to move Jesus Manifesto beyond a webmag that talks about the ideas and practices of Christian life into how those ideas and practices interact with the complexities of 21st Century earth. Kinda like a Slate.com with a radical Christian core.
- It would help if you are a good writer. Crappy writers make poor editors.
- You’d need to check Jesus Manifesto every day for new submissions.
- Each submission has to be edited and paired with an image. Looking for appropriate images is harder than you think. The image has to be edited a bit to fit within our standard specs.
- As an editor, you need to contribute about an article a week yourself.
- Part of your job would be to look for new writers…especially during times when submissions are less frequent. Our goal is to have two articles for each of the main categories (doxis, praxis, culture, and aesthetics) each week.
- Especially, we’re looking for writers who aren’t educated white dudes. This isn’t an effort to be politically correct. It is simply a recognition that the sort of thinking and ministry done by educated whites isn’t an accurate picture of what is happening in the world.
I wish we could pay you for this…perhaps some day soon…but for right now, these are the benefits of being a co-editor:
- You’ll help the cause. Jesus Manifesto has a growing voice and you could help it speak even more loudly.
- Hey, it looks good on a resume.
- It will almost certainly make you a better writer.
- You’ll experience the joy of pissing some people off.
- You’ll also experience the joy of helping people work through important issues.
- You’ll earn our respect…and our gratitude.
- It is a good way to network with radicals around the web.
So, if you’re interested, contact us. Ideally, we’d like to have a new co-editor in place by the end of July.
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